EU, Brazil and South Africa to cooperate in ocean research

The European Union (EU) has partnered with Brazil and South Africa to launch the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative intended to better understand marine ecosystems and climate.

The agreement was signed by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation; Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil; and Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, during a High-Level Ministerial and Scientific event.

“The Belém agreement is science diplomacy in action. It moves our cooperation with Brazil and South Africa up a gear, enabling us to better coordinate our research agendas and to make best use of our research and innovation funding. We will be better prepared to exploit the value of the ‘blue economy’ of the Atlantic Ocean for our citizens. With this agreement, we enter a new era of Blue Enlightenment,” pointed out Commissioner Moedas.

The new South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative will improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.

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